As a music educator, I have dedicated many years to finding ways to help young students become musically literate and still consider it “fun”. One result is See Saw and Solfa for Cello – a collection of well known Kodaly songs. It is meant to accompany a cello method book, offering a variety of very approachable songs for beginning cello students in a classroom setting or in private lessons. As Kodaly students will likely know many of the songs, they will find it much easier to learn to play them on the recorder.
The songs progress from m r d through s m and s l m to d m s and
d r m s l. Rhythms are introduced gradually from simple tas and ti-tis to complex patterns in 6/8. Many of the songs are actually games which can be played before playing them on the cello. (These games are included in my TpT book See Saw and Solfa ). The size of the notes on the staff varies from large to smaller as the music becomes more difficult. The songs reinforce reading and aural recognition of rhythms, solfa and notes.